From a reader:
My teen daughter loves Gregorian chant and has been asking me to take her to an Extraordinary Form Mass. We found out today that an associate pastor at a nearby parish has celebrated Extraordinary Form Masses in the past (he is currently on a mission to teach chant responses to the parish community, which we love). She would like to ask the pastor to allow this associate pastor to celebrate Extraordinary Form Masses, but worries that she won’t be listened to because she is a teen and because it seems there is lack of interest in the Extraordinary Form Mass in this parish. We’re not registered in the parish, so we don’t know whether anyone else is interested in the Extraordinary Form Mass there; our acquaintances and friends in that parish are not.
Would an email from a teen carry more or less weight than an adult’s email with a friendly, welcoming pastor? How can we find out whether other people (parishioners or not) would want an EF Mass or would be willing to purchase the necessary items so that the Extraordinary Form Mass could be offered regularly? Thanks for any advice you can share – we don’t want to be stalkers, but can’t figure out how to gauge the level of interest in the Extraordinary Form Mass.
I am more than willing to accompany my daughter to Extraordinary Form Masses, but it’s been a long time for me (45+ years), so if you could point me toward an Extraordinary Form Mass 101 blog post on your website, I’d appreciate it.
Thank you for all you do in support of our Holy Mother Church. Your thoughtful blog posts are so very helpful to me, and, by extension, to the rest of my family. I will continue to remember you in my prayers.
I think that a request coming from a teen, better yet a group of teens, would make the priest stop in his tracks and listen.
She and her friends who want the same, should go to the parish priest, the pastor, and present him with a letter – signed by all of them and identifying themselves as a stable group – formally requesting such. There could be an additional letter presented by adults.
I will repeat what I have written elsewhere.
When you make the request, you have to make it clear that you are willing to do all the work necessary to get it going, set up, clean up, … everything. You have to be willing to pay the expenses.
Think of kids who want the puppy: they have to be willing to take care of little Fido.
That goes for the grown-ups, too.
As for you, kind writer, take a cue from your child and start going to the older form as often as you can.
I hope readers will chime in with their own experiences and useful, well-considered suggestions.